Campus: CSU, Fresno -- March 28, 2001
Fresno State Business Students Capture State
Awards, Head To Regionals
Answer: Winner of first- and second-place awards in the Ninth
Annual Human Resource Management Collegiate Competition.
Question: What is California State University Fresno's Craig
School of Business?
If you like game shows, you would have enjoyed watching Fresno State
students sweep up the prizes in a "Jeopardy"-style competition
in Long Beach earlier this month. Using the game-show approach, students
studying human resource management test their knowledge of management
practices, employee selection, labor and employee relations, compensation
and benefits, training and development, and safety and health.
It was the fifth-straight sweep of the top two positions by Craig School
undergraduate students at the "HR Games" sponsored by the
Society for Human Resource management.
The next challenge comes Saturday (March 31) at the regional competition
at the University of Nevada, Reno, when Fresno State's first-place team
squares off against state champions from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico,
Nevada and Utah.
"Our students have established an incredible record in this competition
and have proven that The Craig School has one of the top Human Resources
Management programs in the state," said Dr. Mark Keppler, who is
one of the team's advisers.
Team members winning first place are Kelley Lucich (student coach),
Carrie Belsito and Mary Flynn of Fresno and Marylou Mendoza Miller of
Laton. They advance to the regional competition. Second-place team members
are Nazik Arisian (student coach), Yvette Lopez and Tina Wessels of
Fresno and Susan Revillar of Stockton. In addition to Keppler, coaches
are Dr. Julie Olson-Buchanan and Diane Decker.
"It's definitely a learning experience," senior Carrie Belsito
said of the competition. "Along the way, you realize that you're
having all of this fun, too."
Olson-Buchanan said the state competition was particularly rigorous
this year. "We were extremely proud of how our students rose to
the occasion with academic excellence, professionalism and grace under
pressure," she said.
The winner of the regional competition will join five other regional
winners from around the country at the National Championship during
the 53rd annual Society for Human Resource Management conference in
San Francisco on June 25.